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Woodworking talents of four local adults are celebrated

13/August/2021
Volunteer, Allan Woodnutt, with Ash-Leigh Gleeson, Vernon Congram, and Jeremy Kiernan are proud of their woodworking creations which picked up awards at the Innisfail Show. Absent: Vang Vue.

FOUR local adults with special needs have shone with their woodworking talents picking up awards at this year’s 106th Innisfail and District Show.

Vang Vue won second place with his herringbone table made of pallet wood and Vernon Congram won first prize for his rustic jigsaw picture frame made of driftwood and pallet wood.

Ash-Leigh Gleeson was awarded third prize for her unique dog feeder station made of pallet wood, whilst Jeremy Kiernan received a Highly Commended for his teapot stand made of pallet wood.

This is the first time all four submitted entries to the Show, and they were encouraged by Innisfail Woodworkers Guild member, Harry Townley.

Innisfail Woodworkers Guild Secretary, Melissa Gleeson, who has been involved in woodworking since 2012, approached the Innisfail Show Society, and they established a new woodworking section for Adults with Special Needs.

The four participants attend the Innisfail Woodworkers Guild workshop at Innisfail Showgrounds twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, where they work on individual projects for two hours.

Vang Vue who only started doing woodworking this year was thrilled to be awarded second place.

They are supervised and assisted by support workers employed by local NDIS service providers and volunteer mentor, Allan Woodnutt.

The Innisfail Woodworkers Guild has been very accommodating with access to their workshop facilities and openly welcomed these four participants and their support workers to their woodworking family.

With the Show over, participants are working on new projects with Ash-Leigh working on a table, Vang making a vegetable planter box on wheels made from pallet wood, Jeremy taking on the challenge of a floating table and Vernon is making a herringbone coffee table.

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